‘Heavyweights in KZN’

2015-04-30 13:48

THE battle is on for the ­political heart and soul of President ­Jacob Zuma’s home province with the country’s three largest parties sending in the big guns this weekend.

The DA is holding its KwaZulu-Natal provincial congress in Richards Bay where Mmusi Maimane and James Wilmot are expected to address delegates.

Maimane has announced his candidacy to lead the party following Helen Zille’s announcement earlier this month that she was stepping down as party leader.

James Wilmot confirmed he will challenge Maimane for the top post on Friday.

Wilmot said he is like a David against a Goliath, but he warned Maimane David was steady on his feet while Goliath was weighed down by his armour.

After putting over the EFF view to students at DUT last week, party leader Julius Malema also addressed a rally in kwaMashu.

His comments expected to draw some fire.

In the wake of Malema’s visit and the DA provincial congress, the ANC issued a statement headlined “ANC deploys heavyweights in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend”.

The statement issued by the ANC’s provincial media officer Sicelo Khuzway said the deployment was in line with the party’s “mandate of being with the people at all times”.

But at the same time, the statement warned that: “Opposition parties are already feeling the winds blowing with a tsunami from afar and are probably looking for tiny spaces to hibernate”.

Former national Police minister Bheki Cele and provincial secretary ­Sihle Zikalala were yesterday scheduled to lead a march against xenophobia in ­Ladysmith’s Ezakheni township, while the national Speaker of Parliament ­Baleka Mbete would address a “cadre’s forum” in Greytown at the weekend.

Mbete delivered the keynote address at a rally in Groutville on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

— News24

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